This team has been constantly finishing near the bottom of the IPL group over the last few seasons. It will take them something special to turn their form around. That something could be one of the openers, Adam Gilchrist or Paul Valthaty. We all know how good Gilchrist can be, especially in the shortest form of the game, but he has been retired from the other forms of cricket for a long time now. Valthaty had alot of expectations on him because of the season before when he scored a few centuries making a bit of a name, but he did not live up to these expectations.
The crowd and fan support for Punjab is huge, with the team carrying the whole state. They do not have that one Punjabi player who can galvanise the crowd further, so again this will be down to the likes of the openers, Shaun Marsh and David Hussey to perform.
Whenever Punjab are playing there is always a side show Priety Zinta and her celebrations, this is probably because their cricket isn’t that great. They have plenty of players who are experienced in T20 cricket but these players are ageing. I don’t see to many players fearing from Mascarenhas, or Mahmood as there bowling has slowed down considerably from their peak.
Surprises can happen in the IPL, but I really believe that Punjab will be near to the bottom of the table at the end of the season.
Captain: Adam Gilchrist
Star Man: David Hussey
Six Hitter: Adam Gilchrist
Leading Bowler: Parvinder Avana
My prediction: Group Stage